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  • Telling HERstory: Gender studies meets science

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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    Can you name these scientists? Answers at bottom!

    ​Science has always had a History; now in this new distance version of Gender Studies 2001, Women and Science course, students will learn about the Herstory of science.

    Devised by, and co-instructed by Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham and Ms. Debbie Wheeler of Grenfell Campus's environmental science program, the course spans 2,000 years, documenting the contributions of women to science across three continents. 

    "What brings this course alive is the large number of video sequences which Debbie found to supplement the text materials," said Dr. Rayner-Canham. "In the many case studies, students will discover the obstacles the women faced, many of whom have been forgotten."

    Students will also learn of the factors that contributed to the women scientists' successes.

    But the story is not all in the past! There are still challenges faced by women scientists today, seen through feminist perspectives, and these are also discussed.

    The distance course is being offered for the first time this fall semester. Learn more about Grenfell's B.Sc. in environmental science here.

    Name the scientists! Left to right:: Vivienne Malone-Mayes, Maud Menten (U), Margaret Lowe Benston (L), Alice Ball, Chien-Shiung Wu (U), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (L), Marie Tharp

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